Introduction CSIR JRF/NET
CSIR stands for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India which provides Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to those who qualify CSIR-NET Joint Entrance Test for Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship (LS) i.e. National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year. The EMR Division under Human Resource and Development (HRD) Group of CSIR provide CSIR Research Fellowship to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members /scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutes in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences. The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of Research Fellowship.
Eligibility for CSIR JRF/NET
The age limit for JRF (NET) is minimum 19 years and maximum 28 years, which is relaxed up to 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes, Women, Physically Handicapped and OBC applicants. However, for LS (NET) there is no upper age.
Candidates who have M.Sc or Equivalent degree in life science with minimum 55% marks for General & OBC candidates; 50% for SC/ST, Physically and Visually Handicapped candidates and PhD degree holders who had passed Master's degree prior to 19th September 1991 are eligible.
A candidate who is appearing or has appeared in his/her final year (III/IV Semester where Semester system is there) of M.Sc OR equivalent Degree Examination during the academic Session 2008-2009 can also apply for the Test under RA (Result Awaited) category. Such candidates are admitted to the Test provisionally. They shall only be considered eligible for JRF-(NET)/LS-(NET) if they are able to produce the proof of having passed the Master's Degree examination in the life science with the requisite percentage of marks and within the stipulated time frame.
Stipend, Tenure and Benefits
The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 25000/- p.m for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.
On Completion of two years as JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 28000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellow's research progress/ achievements through an interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field. On up gradation, the designation of JRF will be changed to SRF (NET). The total tenure as JRF (NET) plus SRF (NET) shall not exceed 5 years.
For any candidate, it is quite difficult to get entry into the Research and Development department of any industry. However, the candidate who is having fellowship may get entry to pursue PhD quite easily.
There are certain laboratories which prefer to take only those candidates who are having either CSIR or UGC fellowship. This is a great opportunity for the candidate to get absolved in these types of industries.
Benefits of CSIR-NET/JRF
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF (NET) will receive fellowship either from CSIR or UGC as per their assignment or from the Schemes with which they may find an association.
This Test also determines the eligibility of candidates for Lectureship positions in Indian Universities/Colleges.
Some aspirants are declared successful in eligibility for Lectureship (NET) category only, based on their performance in the test.
Advantages of NET- JRF over NET-LS
Candidates who have qualified for the JRF are also eligible for the lectureship.
A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR-UGC to the candidates who qualify in the joint entrance examination conducted by CSIR-UGC. The CSIR Fellowships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions, however, the candidates qualifying for Lectureship-NET will be eligible for recruitment as lecturer as well as for JRF-ship in a Scheme/Project, if otherwise suitable as per the eligibility criteria of that Scheme/Project.
However, they will not be eligible for Regular JRF-NET Fellowship. They will be eligible to pursue PhD program with or without any fellowship other than JRF-NET.